Teen Substance Abuse: Signs in Your Teen's Friendships

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Teen Substance Abuse: Signs in Your Teen's Friendships

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You may see changes in your teen's relationships with peers if he or she is drinking alcohol or using other drugs. Some questions for you to consider include:

  • Has your teen changed friends recently? Has your teen started associating with an older group of teens or young adults?
  • What do you know about your teen's friends?
  • Do your teen's friends seem to have a negative attitude? What is their attitude toward substance use (cigarettes, alcohol, inhalants, and other drugs)?
  • Have your teen's friends been in trouble with the law?
  • Have you noticed that your teen has frequent short phone calls? Have you noticed that callers hang up when an adult answers the phone?
  • Does your teen spend a lot of time alone? (Some teens prefer to use substances when they are alone.)

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Last Revised October 13, 2010

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